Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art

Curated for David Zwirner

537 W 20th Street, New York

September 12 – October 27, 2018

Bosch, Contemporary Follower of_Garden of Earthly Delights

Contemporary Follower of Hieronymus Bosch 
's-Hertogenbosch ca. 1450–1516 's-Hertogenbosch
The Garden of Earthly Delights 

Oil on panel transferred to canvas 
182 x 168 cm.

Arcimboldo, Giuseppe_Anthropomorphic Portrait

Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Milan? ca.1527 – 1593 Milan
A Reversible Anthropomorphic Portrait of a Man Composed of Fruit

Oil on panel 
55.9 x 41.6 cm.

Ensor, James_Skeletons Warming Themselves_1889

James Ensor
Ostend 1860–1949 Ostend
Skeletons Warming Themselves

Oil on canvas
74.8 x 60 cm.

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth

Cosimo, Piero di_Finding of Vulcan_1490

Piero di Cosimo
Florence 1462–1522 Florence
The Finding of Vulcan on the Island of Lemnos

Oil and tempera on canvas
169 x 152.4 cm.
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford

De Chirico, Giorgio_Archeology_1927

Giorgio de Chirico
Vólos 1888–1978 Rome
L'archeologo (Archeology) 

Oil on canvas
96 x 128 cm.
Signed middle left: G. de Chirico


Tiziano Vecelli, called Titian 
Pieve di Cadore ca.1485-90–1576 Venice
Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist

Oil on canvas
114 x 96 cm.
Verso inscribed: 34/ no. 40. Szkolawenecka, 16 Wiek, Judytazglowa, Holenegernese, Wlasnosc. P. Amb. Rogera, Raczynskego/ 022 Natural le [Coultre?] Genève

Gustave Moreau
Paris 1826–1898 Paris
Le Poète et La Sirène

Oil on canvas
97 x 62 cm.
Signed on lower left: Gustave Moreau

Redon, Odilon_Angel of Destiny_1890

Odilon Redon
Bordeaux 1840–1916 Paris
L'Ange du Destin (The Angel of Destiny)

Oil on canvas
91 x 81 cm.

Putnam, Wallace_Traveller Mask_1936

Wallace Putnam
American, 1899–1989 
The Mask of the Traveler

185.4 x 121.9 cm.

de Chirico, Giorgio_La grande torre_1932

Giorgio de Chirico
Vólos 1888–1978 Rome
La Grande Torre
ca. 1927

Oil on canvas
33 x 33.5 cm.

Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art

September 12 – October 27, 2018 

Nicholas Hall is pleased to present Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art, organized in collaboration with David Zwirner and presented at its gallery location on West 20th street in New York. Pairing David Zwirner's authority in the contemporary market with Nicholas Hall's expertise in the fields of Old Masters and nineteenth-century art, this exhibition takes as its point of departure Alfred Barr’s legendary 1936 exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The 1936 exhbitition, Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism, not only introduced these movements to the American public for the first time, but also placed them in a historical and cultural context by situating them with artists from earlier centuries. Drawn from international museum and private collections, Endless Enigma will include works from the fourteenth-century to the present day.

The exhibition will provide a unique opportunity to examine affinities in intention and imagery between works executed across a broad span of time. Endless Enigma will explore the ways artists have sought to explain their world in terms of an alternate reality, drawn from imagination, the subconscious, poetry, nature, myth and religion. Works on view range from fourteenth-century gargoyles from France; masterworks from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries by Giuseppe Arcimbolo, Herri met de Bles, Hieronymus Bosch, Piero di Cosimo, and Titian; seventeenth- and eighteenth-century works by Damiano Cappelli, Pietro Novelli, and Salvator Rosa; nineteenth-century works by William Blake, James Ensor, Francisco Goya, Gustave Moreau, Odilon Redon, and James Ward; and works from the twentieth century to the present day by Jean Arp, Eileen Agar, Louise Bourgeois, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Leonor Fini, Robert Gober, José Gutiérrez Solana, Sherrie Levine, René Magritte, Roberto Matta, Pablo Picasso, Wallace Putnam, Man Ray, Kay Sage, Yves Tanguy, Luc Tuymans, and Lisa Yuskavage, among others. 


In conjunction with the exhibition, David Zwirner Books will publish a fully illustrated scholarly catalogue, which will include new scholarship by Dawn Ades, Olivier Berggruen, and J. Patrice Marandel.

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